When my dogs get sick I do take them to their veterinarian or I at least call & ask for advice. But I try to learn what I can do at home as well. If your dog is sick, don’t hesitate to call your vet; they’re licensed for a reason. =)
There are a lot of trees in my backyard, mostly fruit trees – a legacy of my very practical grandparents. Depending on the season the yard is decorated with mangos, starfruit, vee apples, or mountain apples. I do as much as I can with the fruits; most of it is given away since the only item from that list that I eat is mountain apple, & I’ve had enough after 2 or 3.
I do clear the yard of fallen fruit during these times but the dogs do eat their share of what I miss, & sometimes they have GI upset.
I have a good idea of what to do when it comes to diarrhea — bland soup. I boil the crap out of already cooked rice in some green tea. If I have some chicken or turkey I shred a little & add it to the porridge.
But this doesn’t necessarily do much for constipation. Boomer, after his bout of Parvo (another post, I promise), had post-diarrheal constipation & it got so bad that he was leaving alarming amounts of bright red blood on each poop. I had his poop checked for parasites, & none were found, but the bloody constipation went on for 2 weeks, & I was freaking out.
Several websites suggested feeding canned pumpkin. Boomer’s constipation got better a lot sooner than his bleeding did. I inspected his poops & noticed that there was blood only on the ends of the pile. It looked to me like Boomer was bleeding from a mechanical tear that opened up at the end of each movement. Since I couldn’t exactly go in there & put a bandaid on it, all I could do was keep feeding him lots of fiber & fluids, & wait for it to heal up. Sorry, Boomer.
Canned pumpkin is actually kind of hard to find in the stores here – at least, that has been my experience. I spent a day visiting 3 different grocery stores, & only one had it in their health foods section, & it was expensive. I checked the produce section for actual pumpkins, but was told I’d have to wait until Halloween.
So, when I finally got my hands on an actual pumpkin, naturally no one was constipated. Not that I’m complaining. I spent an hour or so chopping the pumpkin up & bagging it for the freezer. In the future I can bring it out & make some nice pumpkin soup, should anyone get the hard dootzes again. I’m not sure if it has the same efficacy given raw; if anyone knows anything about that please share!